Posted: March 5, 2008

Two Russian State Corporations Sign Nanotechnology Cooperation Accord

(Nanowerk News) The directors of the state-owned corporations Rosatom (nuclear power generation) and Rosnanotekh (nanotechnology) have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, scientific-technological forecasting and promising markets.
The document was inked by Rosatom director general Sergei Kiriyenko and Rosnanotekh director general Leonid Melamed.
The directors noted that their cooperation would be developing in four main spheres. Kiriyenko said these are, in the first place, materials sciences and medicine.
He reminded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had set the task "to develop radiological medicine, based on the potential of nuclear technologies."
According to him, Russia has a perspective in this sphere both on the domestic and the world market, where it has been "a raw-materials appendage" for a long time. Now it is time to begin to supply finished products.
"For its part, Rosatom is ready for cooperation from the point of view of contractor and project collaborator," Kiriyenko emphasized.
He also noted that the key task for both corporations is "to make their products competitive on world markets."
The products jointly produced by the state corporations will also be in demand on the domestic market. For example, Rosatom needs materials sciences for implementing a large program to build new reactors in Russia.
For his part, Melamed added "super conductivity, in its practical application, and membranes for the "Pure Water" project are a among his corporation's priority directions in cooperation. Melamed said the fact that "Rosnanotekh began cooperation with Rostaom is the acknowledgement of Rosatom as one of the most high-tech enterprises."
At present, work has begun on a number of large projects, whose joint implementation will help create the necessary conditions for successful promotion of the two corporations' high-tech products on the domestic and international markets.
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